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Myron Wasylyk, “10th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group: The Campaign for Yuriy Shukhevych,” Ukrainian Weekly, November 9, 1986. R. htm. The level of spying and manipulation conducted by Communist regimes is incomprehensible to the average American. Even in a “moderately” repressive regime, such as post-1956 Poland, the security services were ubiquitous. One Solidarity activist-turned-scholar noted that out of twenty-five members of an opposition prayer group that met in a Gdańsk church in the early 1980s, seventeen were police informants.
They led to the creation of a succession of Polonia organizations that linked the independence cause with the ideals of American freedom and democracy. These organized actions helped, in a real way, to bring about Poland’s restoration at the end of World War I. 1 World War II began on September 1, 1939, with Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland and the country’s occupation by Germany and its de facto ally, the Soviet Union. On December 11, 1941, Nazi Germany declared war on the United States in response to President Franklin D.
The greatest number of immigrants entered between the 1870s and 1914 and, together, they created a dense network of church, fraternal, cultural, and social institutions and associations that eventually came to be known as the Polonia, or Polish American community. Into this community arrived smaller but significant later migrations of Poles in the years between World Wars I and II (1918 to 1939), after World War II, from 1945 into the 1960s, and, most recently, from the 1970s on. The result of these movements was a diverse Polish American population that has come to number at least nine to ten million in all.
Anti-Communist Minorities in the U.S.: Political Activism of Ethnic Refugees by Ieva Zake (eds.)